- “But, when the fallen youngster crossed the line, in last place,
the crowd gave him a greater cheer for finishing the race.
And even though he came in last with head bowed low, unproud,
you would have thought he’d won the race, to listen to the crowd” – The Race
There’s motivational aphorisms, and then there’s pictures that speak a thousand words. “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity” (thanks Jeremy) has a number of examples of people embracing failure (or shunning conventional success) like Subway sandwiches for the poor or the bookstore letting people borrow books freely. But I was most touched by this story…
- “17-year-old Meghan Vogel was in last place in the 3,200-meter run when she caught up to competitor Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of running past her to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel put McMath’s arm around her shoulders, carried her 30 meters, and then pushed her over the finish line before crossing it.”